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Parents with Newborn Baby

Parent Care Program

Offering mental health support to parents of preemies. 


Parent Care, a program providing professional mental health support, free to eligible families.

Please note:

We recognize the importance and need for the Parent Care program. However, due to the high demand for the services, we have temporarily paused it to ensure all the current families enrolled receive the care they need. 

From February 1st, 2023, all new referrals will be put on a wait list.

Parents on the wait list will be informed when the program resumes.


Thank you for your understanding.

With the cancellation of all in-unit support groups and programs across the country due to COVID-19, we recognize there is an extra layer of trauma and isolation for preemie parents.  

Through this special program, qualifying families will receive four online 45-minute therapy sessions conducted by mental health professionals, including clinical psychologists and perinatal mental health specialists from all across Canada.

Important: If you are currently in crisis please reach out to the support people in your life, and if necessary, call 911 or  go to the emergency department of your nearest hospital.


Who currently have a baby in the NICU

Whose babies were discharged home January 1, 2019 or after

 Who are currently pregnant and have previously experienced preterm birth and/or a NICU stay

Who are trying to conceive after a pregnancy loss or NICU stay

"NICU parents often talk about how isolating it is to be in the NICU, and how hard it is to find someone who understands. We designed the Parent Care program to meet the mental health needs of these families, and to help them feel less alone.”

When we connect with families in our Parent Care program, they share their stories, they explore their feelings, and they begin the process of reclaiming their experience and identities.  These sessions can be profoundly transformational and can set families up for a lifetime of more confident parenting.” 

“By supporting parents’ emotional well-being, we are actually prioritizing children’s physical and emotional development.”

Meet our Clinicians


Tiffany Mitchell

Registered Psychologist (5506)



Madeleine Stobbe 

M.A. Psychologist (Cand. Reg.) 

Nova Scotia


Veronica Harris 

Registered Clinical Counsellor, MACP

British Columbia


Dr. Chanthalone Smith

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, PhD, C. Psych



Kate Robson   

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MEd.



Sara Halipchuk 


Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba 


Kieran Powers 

MA, Certified Grief and Trauma Coach

All Provinces & Territories 

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Acsana Fernando Khan 

Registered Social Worker 

Ontario & Nova Scotia  

**Offering therapy in Bengali, Hindi, Urdu; Punjabi (understand) 


Karmen McDivitt  

Psychotherapist, M.A  

Ph.D Candidate, C.Psych Candidate 


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Alison McLennan

Registered Social Worker



Brenna Henrikson 

MA, Ph.D Candidate 



Lindsay Gareau  


Alberta and Saskatchewan 

*Services offered in English and French

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Leanne Rose Dorish

MA, Registered Clinical Counsellor (BCACC)

British Columbia


Shakeera Baker

Parent Care Project Coordinator 

We thank Pampers for making this program possible in 2022.

We would like to recognize our program's founding partners Prolacta, Abbvie and The Sandbox Project.
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